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Old 01-17-2022, 04:40 PM
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Is it best to build in a dc cooler or fridge. Iíve had fridges in the past but they get destroyed and shif ends up all over the place including fridge parts. Not for a cruiser app rather a Great Lakes wave beater. Mostly just over occasional weekend port hopping and couple night stay overs 8-10 times a season. This is new fabricate install for either one. Have a fridge already but leaning towards the cooler. If so what kind. If I remember right Endeavor32 really likes his cooler for the same reason.
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Hey John I`ve had this on lake Michigan for years , Ive busted stereos, amps and ac leaks due to the pounding but this thing hasnt skipped a beat and you can store more than you would think .Go on a RV site, they have better pricing than your marine store , same product. Very compact to boot




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^ That fridge is very similar to the ones that came in the 38 ZRs. Ours is 15yrs old and still works great.
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Is this AC or DC?


I havenít researched this in yrs but I used to have cruisers that had AC/DC fridges and would automatically go to DC on the hook (If I didnít stop it) and would wake up to a dead house battery.

In my experience, they were fine for a day at the sand bar but over night they were battery eaters.

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Hey John I`ve had this on lake Michigan for years , Ive busted stereos, amps and ac leaks due to the pounding but this thing hasnt skipped a beat and you can store more than you would think .Go on a RV site, they have better pricing than your marine store , same product. Very compact to boot



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Mine is 12VDC only. If it were left on all night when not plugged into shore power I could see it draining a battery but the be never tried.
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Is this AC or DC?


I havenít researched this in yrs but I used to have cruisers that had AC/DC fridges and would automatically go to DC on the hook (If I didnít stop it) and would wake up to a dead house battery.

In my experience, they were fine for a day at the sand bar but over night they were battery eaters.

No?
Overnight would be an issue either way depending on how efficient the devise is. If that was an problem Iíd turn off during the night. As long as your not in and out of it it would stay fairly cold til morning. The older common ac/dc marine/rv fridges werenít that great. Iím pretty sure the one I have is the same brand (Norcold) I had a in a few different boats. Itís in storage. The little locking pin on top would inevitably pop out after about 6 beers.

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Originally Posted by ICDEDPPL View Post
Hey John I`ve had this on lake Michigan for years , Ive busted stereos, amps and ac leaks due to the pounding but this thing hasnt skipped a beat and you can store more than you would think .Go on a RV site, they have better pricing than your marine store , same product. Very compact to boot



Is that a Dometic? Isotherm? Iím in the cabin doing other not so fun work but need to fab one in soon.
Tks

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I`m always plugged into shore power but there were a few times it`s been left on all day and night and never killed a battery. 12v. very efficient.

Getherdone , it`s called google (I prefer DUCKDUCKGO) but here I`ll do the research for you:
type in RV drawer fridge, press enter,

boom!:

https://www.mygenerator.com.au/blog/...rawer-fridges/
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Originally Posted by ICDEDPPL View Post
I`m always plugged into shore power but there were a few times it`s been left on all day and night and never killed a battery. 12v. very efficient.

Getherdone , it`s called google (I prefer DUCKDUCKGO) but here I`ll do the research for you:
type in RV drawer fridge, press enter,

boom!:

https://www.mygenerator.com.au/blog/...rawer-fridges/
No wonder the mates out camping in the outback! 😉
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https://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1&id=4102792

Here’s what I have just in black. Looks like they have a fancier SS model if you scroll down that’s ac/dc
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